Record traffic was reached this month. In fact, it almost doubled in just one month. This leaves out a lot of file requests which were ‘offshored’ to The Coral Content Distribution Network. Coral handles extra loads — a couple of millions of uncounted hits in the case — so as to allow this server to gracefully handle and survive surges such as Slashdot or Digg Effect.
January excludes traffic handled by Coral
Content Distribution Network (first 27 days)
First 27 days
Here is a breakdown by countries:
- US Commercial
- United Kingdom
- US Educational
- Non-Profit Organization
- New Zealand (Aotearoa)
- US Government
This list leaves out unidentified domain suffixes (and
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DESPITE help — even promotion — from Miguel and Novell, Microsoft was unable to leverage Silverlight and elevate XAML as an alternative to HTML which is encumbered with patents, DRM, and other nasties.
Much like music DRM, no matter how hard Microsoft fights for it[*], it doesn’t get any real traction. Microsoft, in turn, blames the economy.
Silverlight’s real promise for the business customer — to improve user interfaces for day-to-day applications — has been thwarted by tightening budgets.
By sharing some figures last year, book publisher O’Reilly showed that Silverlight had failed to gain momentum and there were also substantiated accusations that Microsoft was faking acceptance. Exceptions appear to be Microsoft’s media allies [1, 2]. █
[*] C/f Comes Exhibit px06472, page 4
[PDF], Exhibit px06564, page 18
[PDF], Exhibit px06986
[PDF] and Gutmann’s presentation on Vista DRM
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IT’S NOT UNCOMMON to state the obvious, but concrete proof can make all the difference in the world, especially in court. As we’ve already shown, Microsoft’s strategy has less to do with self improvement & development but more to do with targeted sabotage against attempts of competitors to… well, just to compete. Much like a totalitarian regime, Microsoft spots areas of friction and addresses them before they become uncontrollable; If not by force, then by brainwash [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] (control the minds to avoid direct and out-of-hand confrontations).
“Much like a totalitarian regime, Microsoft spots areas of friction and addresses them before they become uncontrollable…”Last week we gave evidence of this strategy occurring at Wal-Mart and this week we share antitrust material which shows how Microsoft reacted to GNU/Linux at Dell .
Exhibit px09280 (2002)
[PDF] from Comes vs Microsoft contains correspondence between Microsoft seniors Bill Veghte and Paul Flessner (the guy who said “we should whack [Dell over GNU/Linux dealings], we should make sure they understand our value”).
They swap opinions and plans with Windows executives like Brian Valentine and Jim Allchin [1, 2, 3] in the background, in addition to anti-Linux characters like Orlando Ayala [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6], even some of today’s chiefs like Craig Mundie and Bob Muglia.
The subject of the messages is “Goldman Sachs Linux Panel.” The Goldman Sachs Group is close to Microsoft and also a shareholder, it is backer of PSI and EDGI taker too. Here are some bits of interest. The text, in full, is appended below.
Bill Veghte writes:
It’s not $50 of margin for Dell. It will get passed directly back to the customer and they are stuck with the same margin they have today. That is what happened on the desktop any time we made pricing changes broadly with OEMs and that is what will happen on the server (it is already happening on Linux pricing). It is just a fact.
Bill Veghte also writes:
Let’s start by articulating Dell’s perspective relative to the comments Russ made… Linux is Unix on x86. Dell sees it as the cheapest way to convert Unix LOB servers to being Dell customers. Dell sees no partnership with us on databases and partnership with Oracle as a way of pushing further into the enterprise. Oracle sees partnership with Dell and Linux as a great way at going after us at the lower end of the database market. Dell sees Linux as great negotiating leverage in their relationship with us.
Now, lets interject what I am asking into the picture…. We invest big, big $$ in Dell. We will continue to invest big, big $$ in Dell. I am asking that we do this investment with our eyes wide open. I do not want to invest $$ in Dell to fund their Red Hat efforts. I am asking that:
a) we be quite prescriptive in our investments with Dell relative to the competitive threats we see with Linux
b) we constantly benchmark ourselves against the actions they do with RedHat
Paul Flessner writes:
Now — there is nothing to disagree with me on around what we should do. We should whack them, we should make sure they understand our value, we should do all of the things you and Brian suggest. I totally agree.
In the end, if I were them, I would do all I could to see Linux succeed because it would put $50/pc(or whatever our OEM license costs) back into my pocket. Sure Windows has greater value and lower TCO and all of that. I would keep my relationship with MS and customers and do the dance. But every chance I get I would invest in Linux and try to make more sales on Linux because I increase my margin by $50/pc. It is an advantage for Linux.
Bill Veghte replies:
Dell’s behavior is predicated on us not acting in response to their actions. I want them to understand that every day they lead with Linux over Windows in Unix migrations they turn our field against them (take the southeast region mail thread as an example). I want them to think very very carefully about when and which forums they decide to push Linux very, very hard. Today, they do not. When they do, you can bet, behavior will evolve.
Veghte also expresses this concern:
He said their basic strategy is around open standard systems of which there are two; Linux and Windows. He said Windows three times during the whole discussion (it was a Linux panel tho) and then proceeded to push Linux very hard, never mentioning Windows. Ironically, the guy on the panel that was most balanced in their comments was the CTO of the BEA.
He wrote in the briefing:
Russ Holt (Server VP) was there representing Dell. He was introduced as the man behind Dell’s Linux strategy and the guy driving the Linux initiative at Dell. He started off by saying, Dell is the #1 OEM distributor of Linux and they are committed to seeing that position grow. He said that he believed Linux was ready for the enterprise and as way of evidence said Dell was a significant customer of RedHat and runs it on key mission critical environments; specifically their order entry system. He said he was seeing growth not only in the “traditional” areas of web & f/p but also web, Unix LOB and HPC. He then talked about how good the Oracle/Linux solution was and the strong partnership they had with Oracle around Linux. Later when he was asked about the open source development model he said he saw significant advantages to it because it enabled much closer interactions and synergy with RedHat.
Every other panelist underscored (a) that Linux was ready for prime-time in the enterprise, and (b) they were committing significant resources and product to make it even more so.
To summarise, Dell supported GNU/Linux, several companies praised the platform, and Microsoft pumped money into Dell, potentially in attempt to pressure it out of GNU/Linux. █
Appendix: Comes vs. Microsoft – exhibit px09280, as text
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A multitude of factors are contributing to a mobile computing renaissance. Some of these factors include the growing availability of ubiquitous mobile Internet connectivity and the rising popularity of netbooks and other Internet-enabled small form-factor devices. These changes are inspiring a renewed interest in location-aware software and web services.
Sheer economics are driving the increasingly widespread usage of the Linux operating system. It’s free, it’s reliable, it’s safe, and (did I mention?) it’s free! But when adopting a new operating system, there is always a learning curve for the user base. Not only that, many users think Linux is hard to use. This, of course, is not necessarily so. But it’s your job to overcome their reluctance and to train them to use Linux so that it becomes second-nature to them, as Windows is. Without sending your users to some sort of boot camp, this may seem like a rather daunting task. But there are ways to ease the pain of learning Linux. Let’s examine some of them.
1: Standardize on a Windows-like desktop
2: Get users familiar with applications before you switch
3: Choose the right distribution
4: Have a machine up and running for your users to play around with
Here’s the First version of PlayOnlinux for the year 2009 !
It is a major change in WineVersion’s behavior, not about the graphics or the script implementation but on the internal code
This change allows the use of wine packages that have been intended for PlayOnLinux.
This means that we’re no longer dependent on the debian repository, which was a source of problems for certain distributions, but on a repository maintained by a member of the team (MulX).
The NVIDIA 180.22 Linux driver was released less than three weeks ago, but today NVIDIA has released a new 180.xx display driver update. In addition, NVIDIA has updated all three of their legacy display drivers.
Gateworks Corp. is shipping the first of its new line of power-sipping networking boards called the Cambria Network Platform. The Cambria GW2358-4 ships with an OpenWrt Linux-based board support package (BSP) and optional dev kit, and is primarily designed for wireless applications, says Gateworks.
McObject released new versions of its Linux-compatible, object-oriented embedded database for Java and .NET. Now with persistance for “any” object, the open-source Perst 4.0 and Perst Lite 4.0 enable application development in Java ME, and include sample Android applications such as the ContactsIndex, pictured at left.
When Microsoft specifically cited netbook PCs as a big reason for its weakening sales, the “L word” didn’t get mentioned by name — but it wasn’t difficult to tell this was the flip side of that news tidbit about Linux-equipped netbooks being returned. So what’s this mean for Win7 vs. Linux in what is fast becoming the battleground for the new desktop?
Easy Peasy (netbook optimized Ubuntu Linux) which was released a few weeks ago will have a few nice new features in the upcoming 2.0 release, according to developer Jon Ramvi.
Netbooks typically range in price from just over $300 to $800, depending largely on the size of the screen and other extra features such as a bundled wireless broadband plan for connecting to the internet when out of the house.
Moblin v2 Core Alpha has been released. Moblin is a custom Linux Operating System optimized for netbooks & mobile internet devices (MIDs).
The Intel-sponsored Moblin Project has released an alpha version of its second-generation “Moblin V2″ Linux-based toolkit for mobile devices — and it targets netbooks initially, rather than mobile Internet devices (MIDs). The Moblin V2 Core Alpha for Netbooks is available for testing now, says Moblin.org.
Open-source storage software is freely available, but it’s the rare IT department that’s willing to cobble it together with hardware to build a storage system.
Corporations are more likely to use it by happenstance, acquiring it through storage systems they buy from major vendors, some of which embed open-source technology into their products.
The leading commercial supporter of the open-source Maven project recently released a new version of its Maven repository manager. Sonatype, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company founded last year by Maven creator Jason van Zyl, announced Nexus Professional, a version of its flagship repository manager enhanced with a superset of features aimed at commercial Maven users.
We’re on the cusp of yet another evolution in maturation of open source with the advent of open source search engine technology. Over the past few years we’ve seen the Apache Lucerne and Solr projects grow from being interesting computer science projects to mission-critical tools that over 4,000 companies now use. As a result, it was only a matter of time before start-up companies such as Lucid Imagination started to form with the goal of making it easier to bring open source search engine technology into the enterprise.
It’s hard to overstate the impact that open source technologies have had on the software industry. One recent example: Skyway Software, provider of an open-source code-generation framework for Spring-based applications, called Skyway Builder. The Tampa-based company last week announced the general availability of Skyway Builder 6.1, which is all about delivering Java EE apps for Spring. But the company started out going in a different direction.
I’m excited to announce Google I/O 2009, our two-day developer event that will take place May 27-28, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Last year, over 3,000 developers participated in I/O and they attended 90+ sessions across all of our developer products. This year, much of our content will feature Android, App Engine, Chrome, GWT, AJAX APIs and more.
The event is a major effort to boost Directive Soft specific training initiatives and quality focused on the development of the Spanish Business and Industry as its name suggests, the Free Software that freedom brings to users and developers of it, so it is possible to take this freedom and economic benefits while promoting the growth of local industry and national levels.
The CUSEC convention’s last keynote speech was Richard Stallman’s presentation titled Copyright vs. Community in the Age of Computer Networks. It’s similar to the one he gave at the University of Toronto in the summer of 2007; you can see my detailed notes on that presentation here.
A new license exception will allow the entire GCC codebase to be upgraded to GPLv3, and enable the development of a plugin framework for GCC.
Open, Competitive Choice for IT Users
Faced with unprecedented financial pressures, Open Source is fast attracting increasing attention from councils as a viable, credible alternative to vendor-proprietary software that can deliver long-term cash savings and business value.
With a sizable portion of the Obama administration’s proposed $825 billion economic stimulus plan expected to go to IT infrastructure projects, solution providers are licking their chops at the prospect of more business opportunities, many of which could involve open-source technologies.
But some open-source experts wonder if Sun Microsystems Chairman Scott McNealy, who has been asked by the Obama administration to produce a paper on how open-source software and technologies can be channeled toward more cost-effective government, is the most appropriate voice for the community.
Zenoss Inc., the leading provider of commercial open source systems and network monitoring, today announced tremendous momentum through the end of 2008. In addition to astounding growth in commercial enterprise sales throughout the year, the company raised an additional $15 million of financing, was recognized with many awards including being named a finalist for a Jolt Award in the Enterprise Tools category and secured twice as many downloads as its nearest competitor in commercial open source IT management for 2008.
And if you treat Washington state as a proxy for Microsoft-related funding (a poor proxy, to be sure, but…), well, TechFlash reports that venture funding there dropped 82 percent from 2007 levels.
Ed Felten has a post up noting that it appears DRM is in retreat, at least in certain areas, such as music. Of course, he points to Apple’s agreement to get rid of DRM as a key factor — but also notes that the former “DRM Watch” blog, from one of DRM’s biggest supporters, is now called Copyright and Technology.
Not A Music Industry Crisis — It’s A CD Crisis
Hal Bringman has a writeup on Midem for Digital Media Wire, where he notes that the director of the event, Dominique Leguern, says that they’re considering merging MidemNet into the wider Midem as the industry is evolving into a fully digital domain. Also, Leguern made a key point that plenty of people have been making for a while:
“It’s not a music industry crisis, it’s a CD crisis.”
In fact, according to http://www.defectivebydesign.org/itunes-drm-free Apple still employs the DRM to restrict many of its other technologies:
* DRM is used to lock iPhones to AT&T, and other networks around the world.
* DRM is used to lock downloads from the App Store, even downloads at no-charge.
* DRM is used to prevent iPod/iPhone being used with software other than iTunes.
* DRM is used to prevent OS X from loading on generic PCs.
* DRM is used to prevent the latest MacBook computers from working on certain types of monitor and HDTV.
* DRM is used to keep accessory vendors for the iPod and iPhone limited to a subset of the devices features via an “authentication chip.”
* DRM is used to lock up movies, TV shows, ringtones and audiobooks purchased through the iTunes Store.
Strong opposition is being voiced by members of the European Parliament over plans to extend the copyright protection applying to sound recordings from 50 to 95 years.
Both left and right-leaning Parliament members (MEPs) have signalled that they intend to vote against the proposed extension at a crucial meeting of the assembly’s legal affairs committee scheduled for 11-12 February, rejecting arguments that the move is necessary to guarantee higher pay for session musicians.
Paris, Jan 26th – The European Parliament’s committee for legal affairs (JURI) voted the Medina report on Copyright last week. This report goes against its initial objective to account on the failure of the 2001 copyright directive. It only contains ridiculous repressive measures dictated by the entertainment industries, and goes as far as denying the Commission’s ongoing studies. Among its recommendations are “graduated response”, content filtering, Internet service providers liability, denial of copyright exception, etc. It will be up to the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to protect their electors by strongly rejecting this report.
Not only are some of the most non-trusted companies in America blatantly trying to buy off Congress, but they’re using our bailout money to do it.
This will ONLY change when elections are citizen funded. Join our strike4change to (1) starve the beast, (2) just say no, or (3) fix this absurd system — now. No money until a candidate commits to citizen funded elections.
Digital Tipping Point: Clip of the Day
John William Templeton looks at Free Open Source Software and African American culture and innovation 06 (2004)
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Then they fight you…
“Ideally, use of the competing technology becomes associated with mental deficiency, as in, “he believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and OS/2.” Just keep rubbing it in, via the press, analysts, newsgroups, whatever. Make the complete failure of the competition’s technology part of the mythology of the computer industry. We want to place selection pressure on those companies and individuals that show a genetic weakness for competitors’ technologies, to make the industry increasingly resistant to such unhealthy strains, over time.”
–Microsoft, internal document
THERE is a typical, coordinated campaign (or “Slog”) to demoralise those who think about or contribute to GNU/Linux. This is a good sign. It means that opponents of GNU/Linux are feeling pressured… pressured enough to put their integrity at stake and viciously attack GNU/Linux out in public.
The most important thing is never to feed them but instead to recite facts — real facts. GNU/Linux is entering the desktop and it already hurts Microsoft badly (its investors also), no matter how hard the company tries to deny this. █
“Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux…”
–Steve Ballmer (September 2008)
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Zune Death Watch
A reader has just told us that “Windows Vista [is] among the finalists for Fiasco Awards.” This is the Internet page which, according to our source, “was [also] featured in a local newspaper (in printed form, one of the most read in Catalonia).”
The title (in Catalan) reads: “Windows Vista and Second Life compete for the prize to biggest technological fiasco of the year.”
Here is the website, which is open to voting.
Windows for laptops and desktops (Vista) is not the only version that’s under siege. Microsoft’s distribution of XP for sub-notebooks is costing it dearly, Windows CE is unattractive to developers and Windows Mobile is still lagging.
Microsoft-sympathetic writers have already advised Microsoft to drop Windows Mobile [1, 2, 3], which is performing badly. Well, it’s happening again, even though it comes from a Microsoft-bent source (CNET), which adds intensity to the argument:
Is it time to ditch Windows Mobile?
The biggest problem for Windows Mobile has always been that it’s bloated and runs too slowly.
The Register advocates axing the Zune as well. This sounds familiar and it comes from Mary Jo Foley’s buddy.
In a season – the Christmas shopping period – when consumer gadgets are supposed to fly off retailers’ shelves, Microsoft’s Zune experienced a stunning $100 drop in revenue, a 54 per cent plunge. Even Microsoft was surprised.
The Register was not alone. A huge number of similar articles were published to express similar opinions. Among them (from this week only):
Microsoft denies that we’re seeing the end of the Zune brand, but then again, it also vigorously denied layoffs just a couple of months ago. It lied [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. It routinely lies without reluctance or shame. █
Tom Davis took this photo of a Zune which was smashed in anger
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“Did you know that there are more than 34,750 registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C., for just 435 representatives and 100 senators? That’s 64 lobbyists for each congressperson.”
AS Microsoft grows smaller and more feeble [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7], more of its products get dropped (more on that in the next post). But the other day we wrote about the fashion in which it is shrinking, namely by starting the layoffs from its home country.
Americans are unhappy. Why should they not be? After all, political corruption and string-pulling from Microsoft were used to betray the American population in order to make an extra buck (or save a few). Today we present a little update with many references to trade journals. It ought to be agreed that Microsoft operates for its own portion of the corporocracy and by little or no means to the benefit of the local population.
Americans Out, Foreigners Still In
According to this report, Americans from Boise will be losing their jobs at Microsoft.
The company would not disclose an exact number of layoffs in Boise, but sources said the local impact would be less than a dozen jobs.
What is happening elsewhere? Let’s explore.
The Seattle Times suggests that China and India are unaffected by the layoffs.
Roughly 40 percent of Microsoft’s 96,000 employees work outside the United States. The company has subsidiaries in countries from Albania to Zimbabwe. How are the layoffs announced last week impacting Microsoft’s employees around the globe?
The Economic Times, part of Indiatimes, quoted a Microsoft spokesperson in New Delhi last week saying of the layoff, “It’s not going to impact us. No job cuts in India.”
Singapore is not affected, either. Might this be related to wages and work conditions (welfare etc.)?
‘I can confirm that the number of employees affected by the immediate job eliminations is a single-digit number across Asia-Pacific, excluding China, India and Japan,’ a company spokeswoman told BizIT.
Greed comes before nationality, which is perhaps natural to expect from ruthless corporations with investors, but here are some new figures of interest:
Majority of the 60,000 professionals given H-1B visa every year are from India.
“Microsoft has a moral obligation to protect these American workers by putting them first during these difficult economic times,” the Senator said.
Ineed, another confrontation has begun following Gates’ lobbying, which was once backed by political corruption that his father, Gates Senior, had going with his friend and colleague Abramoff (according to Wikipedia, “[Gates Senior] also serves as a director for Costco wholesale, a bulk retail corporation”).
It was only last March that Bill Gates himself argued to Congress that the H-1B visa limits needed to be lifted, because Microsoft just couldn’t get enough skilled workers. But Microsoft was going through a crazy manic phase back then, as evidenced by its Yahoo infatuation. Now that Microsoft needs fewer skilled workers, should the H-1Bs get the ax first?
This manipulation in Washington is something we will definitely revisit in the future. “Microsoft people seem already to have infiltrated every company and organization that could oppose them,” said one of our readers, further adding that “a while back [she] had collected some links about Bill Gates’ dad and how much power his law firm has. [...] it was from news releases about the Gates law firm buying up other law firms to the point where they now have offices nationwide.” She said she believes that’s where the real power behind Microsoft comes from.
“This manipulation in Washington is something we will definitely revisit in the future.”For the curious: “About the two Firms JAG worked for: – - The firm of William H. Gates Sr., father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, merged with Preston in 1990. The later old line Seattle firm started when Harold Preston relocated to Seattle from Iowa in 1883 and began practicing law. Jim Ellis joined Preston in 1949. Members of JAG were registered lobbyists for Microsoft. During the 90′s PGE became a Top 10 lobbying Firm based on lobbying gross revenue. Much of their lobbying success and revenue was due to the success of JAG.”
The exploration here is seemingly endless and we had a go at it before. The latest complaint from the senator is also covered in:
He must be complaining because of reversal in plans that involved an Iowa datacentre. According to new figures, Microsoft keeps falling further behind Google (ignore bogus studies that Microsoft commissions).
With 2008 behind us, I wanted to look back and plot how search engine market share changed over the year in the United States. No surprises here. Pick your numbers, Google grew and grew. Yahoo and Microsoft dropped by lately have leveled off.
Worse Than Microsoft Tells
As pointed out some days ago, the scale of the layoffs is worse than initially reported and more are likely on their way. According to this article, Microsoft refuses to give accurate details.
Microsoft won’t disclose full extent of job cuts
So, in short, we’re not going to be getting much more info from Microsoft. We do have to say though, considering all the nice, helpful people that have recently lost their gigs, that last sentence is pretty icy.
There are additional bad signs in the following news items:
This begs the question, just how serious is it and how serious will this get? Microsoft’s refusal to boil down to specifics may be an indication that little or none of it has been finalised or thought through, yet. █
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“Analysts sell out – that’s their business model… But they are very concerned that they never look like they are selling out, so that makes them very prickly to work with.”
–Microsoft, internal document
WE typically just ignore whatever the Gartner Group has to say because it is corrupt. More recently we also provided extensive evidence from antitrust exhibits [1, 2, 3, 4]. It’s very much like lobbying, wherein money runs the country rather than law and regulation, so it’s by no means surprising that Gartner hands a(nother) crown over to its paymasters from Redmond.
Gartner Research has named Microsoft a leader in four of its prestigious “Magic Quadrants,” including those for application infrastructure and database management.
There are other such groups that Microsoft pays to receive medals and praise from.
The industry of analysts is brutally corrupt, but a lot of people — particularly in the press — do not recognise this (or want to recognise this). The least Gartner could do in this case is add a disclaimer stating that Microsoft is one of its biggest customers (if not the biggest) and Bill Gates one of its funding sources. █
There is no money in objective opinions
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